Human Resources Manager

City Of Gardena


Gardena, CA 90247


$111,800 – $142,688
per year

Under general direction of the City Manager, this at-will position plans, organizes, directs and administers the City's Human Resources and Risk Management Divisions. Provides advanced, managerial level human resources, and risk support and services in the areas of labor and employee relations, classification and compensation, employee benefits, recruitment and selection, worker's compensation, risk management, organizational development, and other related duties as assigned.


Representative Duties
The following duties are essential for this position and may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide effective leadership to accomplish the goals and objective of the City, community, City Manager and City Council; 
  • Manage and supervise the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources and Risk Divisions; 
  • Plan, direct and evaluate the work of the staff of the Human Resources and Risk Divisions; 
  • Serve as the City's official Human Resources Officer and represent the City's Human Resources Division in hearings and litigation; 
  • Develop and maintain effective human resources practices and procedures; 
  • Consult with the City Manager, Department Heads and Managers and/or Supervisors regarding human resources policies, practices and resolutions; 
  • Develops and monitors the divisional budget; 
  • Represent the City during negotiations as part of the City's negotiations team and participates in the formulation and implementation of bargaining agreements and resolutions; 
  • Supervises and participates in the development and presentation of benefits information programs and activities including coordinating with benefits third party administrator to manage and improve employee benefits; 
  • Reviews, submits and manages unemployment insurance claims and represents the City in unemployment insurance hearings; 
  • Oversees the City's workers compensation program and activities with the third party administrator; oversee and manage training activities and compliance; 
  • Oversees the City’s claims administration program and activities with the third-party administrator; oversees case management activities and litigation plans;
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures specific to loss control and prevention, safety, risk management, workers’ compensation and claims administration;
  • Develops, reviews and approves training course content and media; 
  • Direct and participate in the administration of the classification and compensation plan; 
  • Oversees the administration and research of classification and compensation surveys; 
  • Confers with and advises department staff and City employees by providing advice, problem solving assistance, answers to questions and interpretation of Personnel Rules and Regulations, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and other related provisions; 
  • Advises and makes recommendations to management and supervisory staff on disciplinary and performance issues; 
  • Conducts investigations or participates in the selection of an investigative firm regarding discipline and grievance matters, and harassment and discrimination complaints; 
  • Oversees the recruitment and selection for all City staff and contract non-City workers; 
  • Makes recommendations regarding examination process; 
  • Acts as official Department liaison and coordinates with external and internal teams, committees, other government agencies and the community; 
  • Prepares reports/agenda items and makes recommendations for and to the City Manager and City Council; 
  • Keeps abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of Human Resources and maintains and ensures the City's compliance of federal, state and local mandates; 
  • Participate as a member of the City's Management Team.

Organizational Responsibilities
This position reports to the City Manager and is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the Human Resources and Risk Management Divisions. This position is the City's official Human Resources Officer. This is designated as a Confidential position pursuant to the provisions of the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, and is exempt from coverage under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Job Requirements

Education and/or Experience
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in human resources, business or public administration or a closely related field and five (5) years of progressively responsible, professional level human resources management experience. At least three (3) of the five (5) years of experience must have been at a supervisory level over a human resources program, division or department. Experience with Tyler Technology (Eden) or other human resource software is highly desirable.
 Knowledge and Abilities
 Knowledge of leadership, management practices, techniques and methods to accomplish the goals and objectives of the City Council and Executive Management Team. Must have knowledge of modern principles and practices of human resource administration, including recruitment selection and hiring, affirmative action, classification, compensation and benefits administration; of job specification and program analysis, and of confidential record keeping standards. Must have the ability to interpret and implement employee benefit programs including health benefits, workers compensation, Cal/OSHA rules and regulations, and the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), and applicable State and Federal laws and regulations, including FMLA, CFRA, ADA, and Milias-Meyers Brown Act. Must have the ability to handle difficult situations with tact and diplomacy and to maintain a high level of customer service and confidentiality in all situations; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, public officials, private and community organizations and the public. Must have the ability to collect, evaluate and interpret data and make sound recommendations on complex issues; to interpret City codes and ordinances and administrative rules and regulations affecting departmental operations; to research, evaluate and recommend policies and programs to comply with state laws and regulations, to perform detailed and complex tasks with accuracy and attention to detail. Must effectively and tactfully communicate verbally and orally in English and in writing including making effective oral and written presentations to various groups; develop and prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive studies, reports, and agenda items; to interpret and apply Memoranda of Understanding, City ordinances and administrative rules and regulations affecting departmental operations and personnel matters; maintain confidentiality and exercise sound independent judgment and tact in the application of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in dealing with others in difficult or sensitive situations; to learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency and be able to shift priorities as workload requires.
 Physical Demands and Working Conditions
 Work is performed in a busy office environment with frequent interruptions; requires use of telephone, computer, keyboard and printer, calculator, copy/scanner and fax machines, and other office equipment for extended periods of time; must occasionally stoop, stand, kneel, bend, reach, grasp, move and lift a standard file box or similar object up to 25 pounds, and periodically may be required to work weekends and/or evenings.
 Must have and maintain a valid California Class C Driver's License.
 Special Conditions
 Designated Confidential Management-level position
 Conflict of Interest Statement
 Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700)

How to Apply

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Testing Process:

  1. Minimum Qualifications Screening - Pass/Fail
  2. Written Exam - Pass/Fail
  3. Oral Interview - 50% of total score
  4. Department Interview - 50% of total score
Candidates must pass all examinations to be placed on the eligibility list.

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to the next step in the selection process.  All candidate materials will be carefully evaluated and only those considered best qualified will be invited to the next step in the selection process.